Endocrinology Fellowship Training- Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

TRAINEE ASSIGNMENT

Based on research interests and NRMP matching, endocrinology fellows will  match to either the Harbor-UCLA or the City of Hope site where they will receive the majority of their training. All trainees are assigned clinical rotations at both institutions. This type of curriculum exposes fellows to a wider range of endocrine disciplines. Upon completion of the program, endocrine fellows are expected to be fully trained in the treatment and management of endocrinology-related diseases and disorders.

CONFERENCES

Conferences include:

1) the Wednesday morning conference (Cytology conference, Nuclear Medicine conference, and Surgical Pathology conference),

2) Wednesday lunchtime conference (Translational Endocrinology), and

3) Friday afternoon conferences (Endocrine Grand Rounds, Surgical-Endocrine Conference, Pituitary/Neurosurgery Conference, Case Conference, and Journal Club).

There are also fellow-oriented didactics on Monday afternoons. There are optional conferences as well.  A full conference list can be found at http://www.harbor-ucla.org/endocrinology/training/conference-schedule/

Fellows are trained by the pathology and endocrinology attendings in the interpretation of FNA biopsy result

Fellows are trained by the nuclear medicine and endocrinology attendings in reviewing results of imaging including thyroid uptake and scans, radioactive iodine ablation and post-treatment whole-body scans, sestamibi parathyroid scans, and more.

Fellows review the results of surgical pathology specimens with the pathology attending, including thyroidectomies for benign and malignant lesions and transsphenoidal pituitary adenoma resections.

CLINICS

Clinics are scheduled for Monday morning (Thyroid Fine Needle Biopsy and Pituitary clinics), Wednesday afternoon (General Endocrine, Thyroid Oncology, and Andrology clinics), and Friday morning (Diabetes clinic).  Several times a year, fellows also attend Reproductive Endocrinology clinic and High Risk Ob-gyn clinic.  There is also an opportunity to attend Genetics Clinic, Obesity Clinic, and Osteoporosis Clinic.

HOSPITAL FACILITIES

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a Los Angeles County facility with over 300 active beds.  There is an active Endocrine consult service with the opportunity to see and learn to diagnose and manage all categories of endocrine disease. The divisions provide services through ambulatory Diabetes, Endocrine, Thyroid, Pituitary, and Andrology clinics.  The facility provides state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities.  It is one of the major teaching hospitals of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

SIMULATIONS, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND SEMINARS

Fellows are trained in the performance of thyroid ultrasound and fine needle aspiration biopsies at the beginning of the year.

                        

Representatives from several companies that manufacture insulin pumps provide fellows with a demonstration of their insulin pump.

Fellows use continuous glucose monitoring devices to enhance their ability to manage the patients’ diabetes.

         

Fellows receive training on the interpretation of bone densitometry and retinal photos several times a year.

FELLOW RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

Fellows have presented at various meetings around the country, including at the American Thyroid Association, Endocrine Society, and American Federation for Medical Research. Fellows have received awards such as the Endocrine Society Trainee Travel Award and won competitions including the Endocrine Society Presidential Poster Competition.

       

All endocrinology Internal Medicine applicants are through ERAS. Please go to the ERAS web site for the application process. Pediatric Endocrinology & PhD applicants, please request an application at humcendocrine@labiomed.org

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